Santa Monica Schools

Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District provides public education at the elementary and secondary levels. In addition to the traditional model of early education school houses, SMASH (Santa Monica Alternative School House) is “a K-8 public school of choice with team teachers and multi-aged classrooms.”

Elementary schools

The district maintains eight public elementary schools in Santa Monica:

  •  Edison Language Academy
  •  Franklin Elementary School
  • Grant Elementary School
  • John Muir Elementary School
  • McKinley Elementary School
  • Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Will Rogers Learning Community
Middle Schools

The district maintains two public middle schools in Santa Monica:

  • John Adams Middle School
  • Lincoln Middle School
High Schools

The district maintains two high schools in Santa Monica:

  • Olympic High School
  • Santa Monica High School
Private Schools
  • Carlthorp School
  • Santa Monica Montessori School
  • Crossroads School
  • Saint Monica Catholic Elementary School
  • Concord High School
  • Pacifica Christian High
  • St. Anne Catholic School
  • Saint Monica Catholic High School
  • New Roads School
Post-Secondary
  • Santa Monica College is a junior college originally founded in 1929. Many SMC graduates transfer to the University of California system. It occupies 35 acres and enrolls 30,000 students annually.
  • The Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School, associated with the RAND Corporation, is the U.S.’s largest producer of public policy PhDs.
  • The Art Institute of California, Los Angeles – is also located in Santa Monica near the Santa Monica Airport.
  • L.A. Leadership College, an online institution, for underprivileged young adults, is located in Santa Monica.
Universities & Colleges

Within a 22-mile radius from Santa Monica include:

  • Santa Monica College
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Mount St. Mary’s College
  • Pepperdine University
  • California State University, Northridge
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Southern Californa (USC)
  • West Los Angeles College
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles Southwest College
  • Los Angeles Valley College.
Public Library System

The Santa Monica Public Library consists of a Main Library in the downtown area, plus three neighborhood branches: Fairview, Montana Avenue and Ocean Park.

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